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WEEK 1

UFOs: The Proof is Out There!

On 16th December 2017, the New York Times published the story of a US Government whistleblower with a phenomenal story. For the past decade, this man had been part of a secret United States Department of Defence (DOD) task force investigating credible sightings of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, UAVs – aka UFOs.

The man had evidence to back up his claim – three classified videos filmed by US Navy warplanes showing unusual objects flying at hypersonic speeds, executing seemingly impossible manoeuvres, and appearing to predict the F-18 pilot’s own movements. The story sent shockwaves through the corridors of power. High ranking senators began asking questions of the president... Is this true? Should we be worried? Until finally on 25 June 2021, the DOD released its first ever official report on UAVs. After years of denial and cover-up, the US government admitted the existence of UFOs.

The report confirms the existence of the secret department – the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, AATIP, and the identity of former agent who blew the lid on it – Luis Elizondo. But the report doesn’t tell the whole story, and the three videos are only the tip of the iceberg. 

Now, with access to agents and experts associated with AATIP, to declassified footage, and to once-secret government files, ITN Productions will tell the story of the real ‘men in black’ and reveal what they uncovered. 

Luis and his colleagues inside the Pentagon investigated 143 sightings made since 2007. They scoured the last 70 years of reports to identify credible evidence amid the chaff of speculation. They worked with DARPA scientists, Navy pilots, and associates in Britain’s MOD – who we now interview – to try to answer the burning questions: what are UAPs? Where do they come from? Are they a threat?  


  • Saturday 1st January, 8:30pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Stephanie@plankpr.com

Food Unwrapped’s Healthy New Year

This special New Year episode comes stuffed with food hacks and little-known science secrets to help turbocharge your health and well-being. Jimmy Doherty explores whether chia seeds could help with overeating. Briony May Williams asks why producers of gluten-free products seem to be charging more for less. Matt Tebbutt lets the dogs out and explores whether raw pet food could be the key to a healthy pooch. And Kate Quilton discovers some surprising science behind watermelon's superpowers.


  • Monday 3rd January, 7:30pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 1

  • Annabel@plankpr.com

The Repair Shop

Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

 

First to pay a visit to the barn, and put their trust in master cobbler Dean Westmoreland, are Hayley Meadows and her mother Wendy. They have brought in a pair of speedway racing boots that evoke bittersweet memories. The boots belonged to Mike, who they recently lost to cancer. He raced professionally on the speedway circuit in the 1970s, and these electric blue boots were his pride and joy, symbolising his daredevil days. Having them restored was on his bucket list, and the women are determined to honour that final request.

 

Organ restorer David Burville faces a mammoth task when he takes on a 1960s electric organ. It belonged to Jonny Green’s dad, who performed in several bands over his lifetime and passed on his love of music to his son. The keyboard has been broken for decades, but Jonny's dad could never bear to part with it and always intended to have it fixed up. Each of the 88 keys requires refurbishing and resetting. Fortunately, David is well known for his patience and perseverance, and Mark Stuckey is on hand to mend the dated electrics.

 

Suzanne Payne is hopeful that horologist Steve Fletcher and wood restorer Will Kirk can help her to complete a true labour of love for three men in her family. She has brought in the beginnings of a grandfather clock that was first embarked upon by her father, who loved tinkering with clocks. He intended to gift the finished clock to Suzanne’s father-in-law, but sadly both men passed away before its completion. The project was then taken on by Suzanne’s husband Ian, who began work on a wooden housing. Tragically, Ian passed away several years ago, and now Suzanne is determined to see the project to fruition as a tribute to the wonderful men who meant the world to her.

 

And Jasmine Asher brings her grandfather’s diary and writing slate for the attention of Brenton West and expert bookbinder Chris Shaw. Her grandfather was a political activist in India and lived a most interesting life. He documented key family events in a series of diaries between 1936 and 1989, just one of which Jasmine manged to salvage. It’s the only record they have of his writing and is in serious risk of perishing completely, but Chris is confident he can preserve it. Brenton gladly takes on the tarnished, scratched aluminium writing slate, which Jasmine's grandfather would lean on to document his life.


  • Wednesday 5th January, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • 1 of 4

  • Annabel@plankpr.com

Dragons’ Den

Dragons’ Den is back in business, with a brand new fire-breather taking one of the five famous chairs.  The youngest-ever Dragon, Steven Bartlett, certainly comes out fighting in this exhilarating first episode of the 19th series, alongside familiar faces Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman and Sara Davies. 

 

Tonight, a couple of 21st century cheesemongers reveal they’ve sunk an astronomical sum of money into their new app, emotions run high as a hair technician tangles with the fearsome five, a Scottish entrepreneur presents a pint-sized gadget that he hopes will be big business, and a robotic invention sends the Dragons into a virtual world. 


  • Thursday 6th January, 8pm

  • BBC One

  • Episode 1

  • Bev@plankpr.com

Gogglebox Christmas Special

The nation's favourite armchair critics cast their eyes over 2021's biggest Christmas TV shows. They'll be passing comment on the most talked about hits from the festive season, including classic movies, exciting new dramas, and some of telly's biggest traditional treats.


  • Sunday 2nd January, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 1

  • Victoria@plankpr.com

I Literally Just Told You

Jimmy Carr presents a brand new gameshow with a unique twist. To win a cash prize of up to £25,000, four contestants have to answer questions that have been written LIVE as the show is being filmed, written by a team including The Sky At Night's Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. 

Testing the contestants memory, these questions can be about absolutely anything that happens during the show, from a celebrity cameo to an off the cuff joke or even something one of the contestants has shared about themselves. To win the money they must use their general knowledge skills to bank cash before using their powers of recall to beat their opponents in the memory rounds. 

In the nerve-wracking final showdown, the two players left standing go head-to-head answering questions they have chosen for their opponents about what's just happened in the show. Whoever remembers the most takes the jackpot home!   


  • Wednesday 5th January, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 4 of 6

  • Kate@plankpr.com

Trucking Hell

The action-packed series that follows men and women working in the heavy recovery business, tackling jack-knifed lorries, crashed HGVs and roadside breakdowns. Every episode is packed with thrills, spills and high drama as rescue operators from two of the country’s leading recovery companies clear up the carnage on our roads. Keeping Britain’s truckers safe is not a job for the faint-hearted and the tough professionals who star in the series have the character and kit for the job, driving some of the most super heavyweight machines in the world.

 

Crouch Recovery op Steve Hodges gets the call that a truck is stranded in a park. The stricken vehicle is stuck on a wet and muddy field that has become incredibly soft due to heavy rainfall. Its a logistical nightmare for Steve because he can’t get close without getting stuck himself. The only place he can park his wrecker is 60 metres away, which means he has to run his winch cable across the field. This is a major cause for concern because this is a public space and he is well aware of the dangers involved when a winch cable is under tension. If it were to snap it could cause serious injuries to anyone nearby or worse still… death.

 

Highways England has contacted Lantern Recovery to clear a vehicle that has got stuck on the A10. Michael is dispatched, but he doesn’t know what he’s dealing with, just that he needs to get there fast. He finally spots the vehicle and with the help of Highways officers, reverses to a stranded four and a half tonne truck and trailer. He needs to clear this breakdown fast, so he gets to work on the side of this dangerous and busy road. This recovery is full of risk as he is working in close proximity to traffic on a live road and Michael must keep his wits about him.

 

In the Midlands Crouch Recovery has received a job at a place called the Pizza Factory. Recovery Op Rory is dispatched and he’s not a big fan of Pizza. The job is to pick up a tractor unit with an Adblue fault, which should be fairly straightforward, but it is on a junction in a busy industrial estate. While there is a 30mph speed limit, traffic still seems to be passing at speed and Rory is aware of the danger and points out that “30mph will still hurt!”


  • Thursday 6th January, 9pm

  • Paramount

  • 6 of 20

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Deadliest Mums and Dads

This investigative series looks into criminal cases of murder perpetrated by some of Britain's most infamous parents, looking into what led them to kill, and if it could have been avoided.


  • Saturday 1st January, 10pm

  • Quest Red

  • 6 of 8

  • Kay@plankpr.com

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